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Orion's War: Scores of War

Orion’s Reign opens the album Scores of War with “Elder Blood” which is an epic track of Helloween-influenced symphonic metal with a strong sense of film score and theatric drama. In “The Gravewalker” they proceed to build a dark atmosphere of chorus-driven Iron Maiden structured story-song with great effect and mood. Throughout “The Undefeated Gaul” the lead vocal eerily sounding like the late Midnight from Crimson Glory screeches the passion of a great warrior standing undefeated on a fantastical battleground. The guitar work and synth instruments are outstanding on this shorter track perhaps meant to be released as a single.

“Freedom is Not Negotiable” is really the hallmark of this band and symphonic metal in particular where superior arrangement and sharp lyrics meet to make a true piece of art. With “Withering Heart” the band reverts to a slow tempo track of reflection and rousing emotionality that steers from the anthem-like themes too often populated in this style due to the symphonic burden exploited through the project. The lead vocalist does a tremendous job to lead this band which sounds more like an orchestra firing all weapons big and small into the landscape of recording. I still wonder what the future brings for symphonic metal outfits in terms of touring and maintaining the high-quality experience captured on the digital format, but this genre is no longer a fade but rather a firm fixture flourishing with every effort brought forth. Orion’s Reign has increased the bar and earned the right to be a valuable member of the metal community.

Track Listing
1. Elder Blood
2. Together We March
3. The Gravewalker
4. The Undefeated Gaul
5. An Adventure Song
6. Freedom is not Negotiable
7. Nostos
8. Warrior's Pride
9. Withering Heart
10. Last Stand
11. Ride to War

Added: March 13th 2019
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
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Language: english

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